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The Substitute 

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Before her cosmetic surgery, Zhong Li was a poor waitress in a high-end club, yearning for a fancy life she couldn't afford. But as soon as she removes the medical gauze, Zhong Li realizes ... See full summary »
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Credited cast:
Taihua Bai Taihua Bai ...  Zhong Li's Father (2015)
Yu Bai Yu Bai ...  Lou Xiaoqi (2015)
Yuanle Chai Yuanle Chai ...  Male Nurse (2015)
Chong Duan Chong Duan ...  Chauffer Lee (2015)
Liangliang Feng Liangliang Feng ...  Plumber (2015)
Bao Ge Bao Ge ...  Li Zhe (2015)
Jing Guo Jing Guo ...  Accountant's Wife (2015)
Lu Han Lu Han ...  Zhong Li - Before Surgery (2015)
Feng Jin Feng Jin ...  Wu Jun (2015)
Xuesong Kang Xuesong Kang ...  Lou Shu (2015)
Herman Li ...  Zhou Yu (2015) (as Li He)
Linghua Li Linghua Li ...  Rong Ping (2015)
Yike Li ...  A Xun (2015)
Kai Liang Kai Liang ...  Accountant (2015)
Yadong Liang Yadong Liang ...  Chen Kun (2015)
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Before her cosmetic surgery, Zhong Li was a poor waitress in a high-end club, yearning for a fancy life she couldn't afford. But as soon as she removes the medical gauze, Zhong Li realizes that her face has completely changed-she has just become a doppelganger of Lou Xiaoqian, China's #1 top star. What lies ahead of her is the stardom she had always wanted. But what she did not expect is the horror of discovering that Lou was a spy and she has taken her place. She's now controlled by a secret organization and is forced to execute dangerous missions. How many more times can she escape from death? She has no one to turn to except herself.

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Thriller

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Country:

China

Language:

Chinese

Release Date:

30 November 2015 (China) See more »

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Palette Pictures See more »
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Surprising!
16 December 2015 | by gcrz40130See all my reviews

I watched this show on iqiyi, and in the beginning it looked just another spy show, but it surprised me.

The Substitute gets stronger and more intriguing at each episode. The best thing about the narrative is how it makes precise choices on what to tell of each story. With each episode running only 20 minutes long, and the could have easily fell into the trap of trying portray their characters with instantaneous depth, and leave all the action for later. But that would only make the episodes move slowly. Instead, there is always an assignment going on, and we fall for the characters along the way.

Plus, a female protagonist with a strong personality (not to confuse with 'bossy') gives The Substitute some extra points.

Seeing Lili start her career as spy makes me feel that I'm watching something different than your regular James Bond or Nikita story. It's like seeing the beginning of something big.


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